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left afghanistan or be in support roles. >>> yesterday's handover took place in helmand province. cbs news correspondent mandy clark was there for the changing of the guard. >> reporter: helmand province has been the deadliest battleground in afghanistan. nearly half of all coalition deaths have happened here. president obama's surge focused on turning that around. the province's capital saw troop movement of a different kind. with the official handover to afghan forces. one sign of how fragile the security situation is. the ceremony was not announced in advance. out of fear the taliban would strike. the new commander of coalition forces in afghanistan acknowledged the heavy price american and british troops paid for the progress made here. >> there are some voices that are raised to question whether this sacrifice has been worth it. those of us who wear this uniform have one answer -- yes! >> reporter: it was certainly a proud moment for the afghans as the defense minister inspected his troops. the handover of power from coalition to afghan forces has been done with pomp and ceremony
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